A pair of cards featuring Padres piching prospect Joe Ross arrived in the mail. I got these two cards from a deal I made at the Trading Card Central forums. A regular Chrome Autographed card and a Chrome Refractor Autographed card (#’d 285/500). Both of these cards are part of the 2012 Bowman Baseball set.
Like a lot of modern day athletes, Joe Ross has a very short signature. In his case, it’s just his initials. While this may allow him to sign multiple items with less fatigue, it looks like anyone can just forge his “autograph” onto a piece of memorabilia.
A top draft pick in the 2011 Amateur Draft, Ross is considered one of the Padres’ top pitching prospects. The Padres took a risk in drafting him out of high school, as he was considered a very strong commitment to UCLA. He is currently pitching at Single-A Fort Wayne.